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Union Gospel Mission

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Date Posted:
Administrative - Education
Job Type:
Union Gospel Mission
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Job Title:                             Director of Child Development and Parent Education
FLSA:                                     Exempt
Job Status:                          Full Time

Reports To:                         Director of Youth and Family Ministries         

The Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, and addicted in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives!


The Child Development Center is committed to building a framework of educational success and leadership through providing a creative environment that nurtures children’s growth in areas of spiritual, social, emotional, physical, intellectual and cognitive development. We will accomplish this through biblical principles and by being sensitive to cultural and family differences.


The Director of Child Development and Parent Education is responsible for driving outcomes, providing leadership, and managing the daily activities of the Child Development Center (CDC).  In addition, the position will work closely with the Naomi Family Residence to provide empowering and effective parental education. 



  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals and objectives.
  • Creates and implements internal policies and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement.
  • Develops and manages a cohesive, motivated, and engaged team through training, coaching, and providing clear expectations; creates an atmosphere of trust, openness, accountability and collaboration for team members.
  • Develops supervisory standards for the program.  Ensures adherence to the standards of Rule 3 State guidelines and Mission policies and guides team members in the completion all required related trainings and in-services.
  • Develops and implements operational procedures and practices to ensure a safe environment that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy for children.
  • Coordinates and participates in a Parent Education Advisory Board to develop parent education for the CDC.
  • Consults with the Naomi Family Residence to provide empowering and effective parental education.
  • Serves as a liaison between teachers, parents, and the Mission programs for information, counseling, referrals, and problem resolution.
  • Represents the Mission internally as well as externally to media, government agencies, funding agencies, clients, and/or the general public/local community.
  • Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the organization.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree with 5 to 7 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

CPR Certified.



  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of child development theory and practice; able to foster a supportive, educational, and nurturing environment for clients.
  • Strong knowledge of regulations established by the Department of Human Services – rule 3 Head Teacher.  
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques; understands budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Strong understanding of employee development and performance management; committed to team development and able to employ techniques and strategies to achieve objectives.
  • Strong problem solving ability; able to re-engineer operations, procedures, and policies to improve organizational efficiency and quality.
  • Strong judgment and sense of professional boundaries.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.  
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Counseling and behavior management skills.
  • Knowledge of legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Assessment and referral skills.
  • Able to support UGM’s statement of Christian faith and share that faith and knowledge with students and clients.


  • Successful candidate must submit to post offer, criminal background check.
  • CPR Certification required within 90 days of date of hire.



  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.


Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, evangelical Christian Ministry; as such, employees must share the Mission’s Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct, and adhere to the Mission’s employee policy manual and guidelines set forth by the organization. This position requires satisfactory completion of criminal background and credit check. 

The preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


***To be considered for this position you must apply online. Our application can be found here: http://www.tfaforms.com/327910

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Union Gospel Mission

Founded in 1902, the Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, and addicted in our community. Providing safe shelter, nutritious food, dental and medical care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs, the Mission helps people rebuild their lives - physically, emotionally, spiritually and educationally. Our goal is to encourage each person to value themselves as God values them, to see the gifts they have to offer the world, and to help them seek out a bright future as a fully More...